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that way, maybe once or twice in a man's life.   But never so
you can settle everything.   It's too much to ask."

Mr. Munn had thought of Captain Todd lying out that
night with his men at the ford, waiting for the next rush;
and then, looking at the Captain's quiet face, he had won-
dered how much had seemed to come together that night,
how much had seemed to be settling itself there for good and
all, with almost a single blow. " Maybe not/' Mr. Munn had
slowly replied.

Mr. Christian found them there. As he approached, they
could guess, even in the gloom, the rigidity of controlled
fury in his stiff-legged stride and in the heavy hunch of his
shoulders. He came directly to them and stopped directly
in front of them. His jaws were clamped shut as though
by an effort of will he kept himself from speech. When
he did allow himself to speak, his voice was harsh and

" Well," he said, " they got at Tolliver."
"Sure they did," Mr. Munn replied.   " Dismukes."
"Naw, naw"—Mr. Christian spoke as though with impa-
tience at stupidity.   "Long before that.   They got at him,
because he's broke.   Broke, and owes money."

Captain Todd whistled softly through his teeth, and lifted
Ms hand to touch his beard.

"Yeah, broke 1 The bank in Morgansville holds a mort-
gage for fifteen thousand and something, and God knows
how much he owes to the Mercantile National in Louisville.
The mortgage in Morgansville was coming due, and they
began putting the screws on him. The tobacco people are
thick as thieves with the Mercantile National, and the big
boys up at the Mercantile just pass on the word to Morgans-
ville," He spoke with a sharp expulsion of breath at every
word, as though he would spit the words out of his great
yellow teeth, from which the lips drew back; but he spoke
with a strained and artificial deliberation. " And he was to
see that the Association sold out, took up all those offers.
That was the first thing. No telling what was next on the